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When It's Sleepy Time Down South (1932)

by Nicholas Sammond

The famous singing trio the Boswell Sisters' house is on fire, a team of cartoon animal firemen rush to the rescue. In the interlude, the Boswell sisters escape the fire and sing "When It's Sleepy Time Down South." The song is about the Great Migration, and involves several racist images of Southern life and social relationships. Additionally, the sequence uses the bouncing ball singalong animation, encouraging audience participation and opening the space of performance into the arenas of animation, live film and the theatre.

When It's Sleepy Time Down South (1932)

The famous singing trio the Boswell Sisters' house is on fire, a team of cartoon animal firemen rush to the rescue. In the interlude, the Boswell sisters escape the fire and sing "When It's Sleepy Time Down South."

from Screen Songs - When It's Sleepy Time Down South (1932)
Creator: Max Fleischer
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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